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Five (5) sets of categorizing, hands-on activities for kindergarteners. The sets include the bathroom, things that grow or live outside, animals, community helpers, and action verbs. Each set contains 5 cards with unique images. The image on one of the cards does not belong in the group. The pictures come from my book, Something's Jiggling in My Jammies!.
Categorizing is a higher level thinking skill in that it helps us order our physical lives and our mental activities. What Doesn't Belong helps demonstrate visually sets of categories as well as aiding in simple math.
How to play:
Assist the students who need help to discover the category and eliminate the one card that doesn't belong in the set.
Count the cards with your students. Take away 1, 2, or 3 cards from the set. Place that card(s) to the side. Count the set again with your students. Then add the card(s) removed to the number of cards remaining to see that it equals four again.
If you've purchased the other four sets, find the four in each group that belong together. Lay the sets out in a grid and count each set of four to see that they are all equal in number. Ask the student to turn his head and take away 1, 2, or 3 cards from each set. Let the child look and decide which sets have more, less or equal amounts of cards. Add the removed cards back to their respective sets to see they all equal four again.
For English Learner (EL) students add a bit of a game format by giving 2 points for each item in the set they are able to name and an extra 2 points for the item that doesn't fit. Allow them to help other students by splitting the points for the item they help name with the student who requested help.